There is no denying the convenience factor. Hang gliding has a huge logistical hassle connected to it. Where I live the lack of instruction in undeniable. Then there is the huge things to transport and store.
Having said that, these are surmountable challenges to anyone who really wants to do this. My basic point is that there is a shrinking pool of people out there who is willing to take the risks, real and perceived. As mentioned several times in this and other threads, there is a very wrong perception with the general public that HG is more dangerous than PG. After all, PG's are just a parachute, right?
The bottom line is to slow the bleeding and to hopefully grow HG again it is up to every one of us to do our part. That means being positive advocates for HG. That means taking the time to talk to WUFOS who ask what that thing is on our rigs, it means inviting anyone who expresses an interest to come out to our flying sites. It means having a local instructor's name and number handy to give to anyone who seems interested.
Imagine what we can accomplish if all of us do everything we can to get just one potential pilot to come out and watch us fly. It amazes me how many people express an interest saying something like how they always dreamed of flying. I recently watched the Pink Floyd video of their song, "Learning To Fly". What struck me was a comment posted there. It basically said that they would lay awake at night wishing they could jump of a cliff. That post had something close to 1,000 likes!
Go take a look at the video and the posts below. What we do is a dream of so many. It blows my mind how and why there are so few of us!
Future pilots are out there. We, as a community, need to do more to help them discover us.
What a beautiful day! Let's go jump off a mountain!!!
"He did not know he could not fly and so he did" Guy Clark,
"The Cape" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6bZ37nexSY